The Magicians: Season 1 Reviews

March 6, 2018
The show fashions its own uninspired, tawdry fantasy that could easily be retitled Hogwarts: American Party School.
January 26, 2016
As with a lot of properties premiering new worlds, it's balanced unevenly between world building and story building.
Full Review | Original Score: C
January 26, 2016
With so many characters, and such an abundance of twists and turns and truths and lies, keeping up is exhausting even in the first two hours. And none of the characters, especially the mopey Quentin, is engaging enough to make it worth the effort.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
January 25, 2016
The result ends up feeling like a knock-off of the genre works that inspired Grossman, lacking in the wry commentary that made the original books feel so fresh.
January 25, 2016
What if a basic cable channel wanted to remake Harry Potter but didn't want to pay for the rights? And why stop there? Why not rip off C.S. Lewis' The Chronicles of Narnia at the same time? Welcome to Syfy's The Magicians.
January 25, 2016
Everything about the show was tedious and plodding. Watching paint drying would have been more interesting and exciting.
Full Review | Original Score: D
January 20, 2016
An over-reliance on mechanically contrived incident hinders the show's ability to create the kind of emotional intensity and intelligently wrought suspense that were the hallmarks of the novels.
January 19, 2016
The first episode of The Magicians can best be described as a good idea executed poorly.
Full Review | Original Score: 5/5
December 21, 2015
Magicians is just the latest attempt to conjure up something special. The new series is about a magical school for wizards, but it's not Harry Potter's Hogwarts. Not even close.
December 21, 2015
The television show, anxious and impatient, rushes through the bullet points of the book's plot and forgoes the emotional complexity that made the books more unique than just the Potter imitation they seem at first blush.
December 17, 2015
It would take a clairvoyant to know whether The Magicians will eventually develop into an agreeably dark and twisty piece of juicy genre fare, but at this early stage its future looks murky.
December 16, 2015
There's little that's magical about the cold, poorly paced Magicians pilot.